Renowned artist Maira Kalman sheds light on the fascinating life and
interests of the Renaissance man who was our third president.
Thomas Jefferson is perhaps best known for writing the Declaration of
Independence—but there’s so much more to discover. This energetic man
was interested in everything. He played violin, spoke seven
languages, and he was a scientist, naturalist, botanist, mathematician, and
architect. He designed his magnificent home, Monticello, which is full
of objects he collected from around the world. Our first foodie, he grew
over fifteen kinds of peas and advocated a mostly vegetarian diet. And
oh yes, as our third president, he doubled the size of the United States
and sent Lewis and Clark to explore it. He also started the Library of
Congress and said, “I cannot live without books.” But monumental figures
can have monumental flaws, and Jefferson was no exception. Although he
called slavery an “abomination,” he owned about 150 slaves.
As she did in Looking at Lincoln,
Maira Kalman shares a president’s remarkable, complicated life with
young readers, making history come alive with her captivating text. Download and start listening now!